Vintage Car Nursery

I hope everyone had a wonderful three day weekend. I had the pleasure of completing a virtual I-Design for a little boy on the way. I hosted a private contest for a breastfeeding support group that I once was an active member of. I love these group of ladies. They helped me tremendously during my breastfeeding stage with my son. I nursed him for 14 months and I could not have done that without the support of this group. If you live in the Northeast area of Houston, and are considering breastfeeding, please visit Kingwood Medical Center. The list of times for the group meeting can be found here.

The couple that won had just purchased a new home and have a son on the way. They decided to use their existing baby furniture set from their first child. They told me that they wanted green, blue, and grey as the colors. The Mom told me that I must incorporate vintage cars especially Mustangs since the Dad likes to re-build old ones.

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Here is the design that I came up with. I had so much fun designing with this theme. Stay tuned for the reveal.

Vintage Car Nursery

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Contact me  if you would like a custom  I-Design for any room in your office or home. 

 

 

 

Chair Makeover

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I purchased this preloved Cane-back barrel chair from Craigslist. I think I paid $15 for it.  It is in excellent condition but I believe it was the previous owners’ cat bed.

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Needless to say I had to completely strip the material and cushion from the chair.  I had another chair that will be updated at some point and it’s cushion was in perfect condition. So I used that cushion and altered it to fit my chair that I was working on. If I didn’t have this free one on hand I would have used a coupon from JoAnn Fabric or Hobby Lobby. They always have coupons online or through their phone apps.

I purchased this fabric on sale at JoAnn Fabric. Did you know that you can use the same coupon on two separate transactions?  Also they will accept competitor coupons that you can use in addition to their coupons. 

Here are the steps to the transformation

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1. Remove the existing materials-

I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the staples from the chair. I used pliers to pull the stubborn ones that broke halfway. Try and save the thin fabric that covers the hardware underneath the chair. It is usually grey or black.

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Examine the existing cushion and batting condition- Is it peeling, dusty, moldy etc? Then you should Replace it! If it is slightly discolored then that is ok. As long as it is not a health hazard, we can save it. If you need to buy a new cushion, measure your seat (LxW and down the front and right and left sides -where the back of your knees will touch). You will need to buy High Density Foam in 2″ or 3″ thickness and enough batting to cover your foam.  As I mentioned earlier this was used by a cat, so I discarded the cushion and batting then shopped in my garage for more. I cut it to size using sharp scissors to fit my chair.

2. Paint your chair-

I used spray paint because I found it was faster and easier to use with the cane weaving.  (One of the best spray paints for furniture is Krylon. You can quickly make second coats and it sticks very well.) Let the paint dry for 1 hour before moving on to step 3.

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To save my hands I use this spray grip for my paint can. Here is one similar that you can buy.

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3. Seal the Finish-

Apply a wipe-on Polyurethane with a clean white rag or staining sponge and rub the polyurethane into your furniture like you would with furniture polish. You want a thin but even coat. Wait another 2 hours or overnight to let the sealant dry.

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4. Add your cushion and your batting-

IMG_5972I have enough overlap for the (behind the knee) area. I also overlapped the cushion on the right and left sides.

5. Now reupholster-

Load your gun with plenty of staples before you start. Cut your fabric to the shape of your chair. Be very careful around the legs because you want to make sure you have plenty fabric to tuck in these tight areas. Pull the fabric taut and staple very well all around and underneath to secure it properly.

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